What are the training opportunities?

You can take a degree in:

  • Geography

  • Geographical information systems (GIS)

  • Land surveying

  • Earth sciences

  • Oceanography

Courses in cartography in further and higher education in the UK are limited, there are no dedicated courses in cartography at NVQ or degree level, but cartography forms an element in a number of courses in related subjects, including geography, GIS and geomatics. Currently Newcastle University, Glasgow University and Canterbury Christchurch University offer cartography-related courses.

Employers may also accept degrees in other subjects like computer science, software engineering or graphic design. A postgraduate qualification may help you to find work in a specialist field of cartography like GIS.

Due to the absence of specific training courses in the discipline, those wanting to enter the cartographic professional usually need to be taken on by a company and trained on the job.


Membership of the British Cartographic Society is useful for establishing contacts within the industry and for keeping up to date with technology and current publications. The BCS hold an annual conference and other events which provide good networking opportunities to keep up to date with developments in the industry.

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